CLARION CO., Pa. (EYT) – As the opioid epidemic continues to be a serious problem, a new drug called kratom is beginning to make its way into our region.
According to Jill Northey, of the Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug & Alcohol Commission (AICDAC), kratom is now making inroads
In the past couple of years, two newborn babies in Buffalo experienced withdrawal as a result of their exposure to kratom in utero.
One was described in a case report by UB physicians, published earlier this month in the Journal of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. It was titled
Kratom, an herbal supplement available at vape shops and online stores, has been linked to 91 deaths over 18 months from July 2016 to December 2017, according to a report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Those deaths made up less than 1
In a survey of about 8,000 kratom users in the United States, 68 percent used kratom for pain, and 66.5 percent used it for emotional or mental conditions, Grundmann reported in Drug and Alcohol Dependence in 2017. A smaller fraction of people used kratom to
Opioid withdrawal is a challenging experience, and although there are medications already on the market that can help curb the symptoms of withdrawal, these drugs cause negative side effects.
Current withdrawal medications also often require people to take them for a prolonged period, which is not
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says that products using the drug kratom aren’t safe, and a new report from the agency helps explain why.
In the report, which was published this month, the FDA analyzed 30 different kratom products for the presence of heavy metals.
The FDA has issued another warning about the herbal supplement kratom, this time noting that unsafe levels of heavy metals have been found in 30 products analyzed.
The latest warning is not the first one on the heavy metals issue. Back in November, the FDA issued
It’s a plant that grows in Southeast Asia and is commonly taken as an herbal supplement in the United States. People take kratom for different reasons, ranging anywhere from an extra boost of energy to pain management. But right now, there are no Food and